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Fortress Draconis (The DragonCrown War Cycle, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – October 29, 2002
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The Dark Glory War was a very interesting set-up for this story. It ended on a final note that, if you wanted to stop reading, you could have. However, it did entice you to get the next book. This is that book, and it is a lot better than the previous one. First, Fortress Draconis is not simply military fantasy. It is much deeper than that, and the emphasis is not on violence, blood flowing, heads flying off, and battle tactics. These things are in the book, so it's still not for the squeamish. But Stackpole adds scope to the plot, making it have a much grander feel. I really appreciated that.
Secondly, he adds deeper characterization to the mix. The story has a number of viewpoint characters, so we learn details about more than just the narrator. Alexia, Will and Kerrigan are the main viewpoint characters, though we do see some sections from minor viewpoints as well. This was a great addition, as one of the problems with The Dark Glory War was the fact that Tarrant was the only person I felt I knew after reading that one. Stackpole also does a better job of characterizing the people of whom we don't see the viewpoints. I get the feeling that he didn't care as much about the characterization in the first book because of the type of book it was, but this time he seems to have worked a lot harder at it.
The only failure in this aspect of the novel is Kerrigan.Read more ›
who they share a tragic history with. The human nations who must rally together to battle Chytrine's menace. Stackpole also succeeds in his vivid and brutal descriptions of battles as you see our heroes fight the Chytrine's terrifying army of monsters like the dreaded Sullanciri, beings who were once human now are souless monsters created by Chytrine's twisted magic! Finally our heroes adventures will take them to fortress Draconis where they must stop Chytrine from getting a piece of dragoncrown in which she will use to control dragons! So pick up this book and travel will Will, Resolute, Crow and Princess Alexa as they battle for the lives against evil Chytrine and don't forget the surprise on the last page!
Michael Stackpole is one of my favorite authors now. I first ran into his work in the X-wing novels of the Star Wars universe, then moved on to his fantasy novels and work in Battletech because I enjoyed his writing so much.
If you haven't read anything by Mr. Stackpole, give this one a shot and you'll be hooked. If you enjoy Robert Jordan (as I do) give this book a read as the world here is just as rich and deep, with the action coming even more quickly and the plot twists being just as good.
One could understand the novel without having read the prelude, but the continuing characters have a history and the small details will be lost on those who don't invest the time. There is mystery on other individual fates from the prelude novel, hopefully to be resolved in the future novels. It is curious to note how countries and people change and/or remain the same over the 25-year difference.
I found the novel better than the predecessor in all things. It has imaginative magic and great encounters. Two youngsters, Kerrigan and Wilburforce, are interesting to follow as they mature with the events unfolding, likewise Alyx with her unusual background. General Androgans and Dranae are intriguing enigmas while Resolute and Kedyn's Crow form an awesome fighting duo with personal limitations.
I highly recommend this series to any fan of the fantasy genre and look forward to reading the future novels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
well, i love michale stackpole. loved his star wars stuff, i jedi is in all time top 3, right after jules veren's 20,000.
but this, was disapointing to say the least. Read more
Nice and easy to read with a reasonable storyline that is not dissimilar to LOTR. Altogether mostly interesting. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Leslie A Munday
As I got deeper into the book, I realized I had read it before. Still, I finished it with new insights into the story and now have the task of looking through the books I have not... Read morePublished on August 27, 2014 by Ms. Patricia P. Russell
This was supposed to be in new condition. Not at all!!!! It was from a library. Had a plastic cover on it that was peeling. Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by KodiGirl
I'm a huge fan of Stackpole's. Once a hero is a fantastic book and his Star Wars books have all been great. This book is not not bad, it is just not exciting at all. Read morePublished on February 27, 2008 by Charles Reeves
I discovered this book via the author's podcast, which comes out one chapter per week. Once I was hooked on the story, I naturally couldn't wait to find out what would happen... Read morePublished on October 19, 2007 by Virginia A. Campbell
Fortress Draconis by Michael Stackpole is the first book in the Darkcrown War Cycle. This book is an epic tale on many levels. Read morePublished on March 25, 2007 by Andy Gray
Series sucks, waste of time. Knew what was going to happen to the main characters before the end of the first book, which is really a disapointment. Read morePublished on October 25, 2006 by T. Nickerson
I had high hopes for this series. I really did. I love Stackpole's stand-alone fantasy novels, and was expecting his first major fantasy series to be great. Read morePublished on July 30, 2006 by Justin G.